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Old 04-01-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Cycle question can it be true?

I am on day 11 my Ammonia spiked at 2ppm+ and Nitrites have spiked at 5ppm+ last week. On Thursday before leaving town I did an Ammonia test it was zero, Nitrites were about 2ppm I added a second handful of Freeze Dried Krill. When I returned on Sunday Ammonia was back to zero and nitrites were at .25ppm. Tonight I get home and Ammonia is zero and Nitrites are zero. PO4 is at 12ppb on Hanna 736 .03ppm and NO3 is about 5ppm. I used all dry rock no live no live sand. I did add Brightwells MB7 daily. Can my tank really have cycled in 11 days?
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Absolutely.... mine did it in 12, without any additives like MB7. I used Real Reef, which is manufactured rock, and had never been live.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:37 PM   #3
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Just hard for me to believe. My first tank took 6-8 weeks! I am going to add more Krill and give it a few days, probably will go ahead and start getting ready for a big water change this weekend. After the water change I will cut lights on and start getting the temp balanced with lights on give that time to start building a little algae then add a few snails and hermits to get sand bed ready for fish. Then I will bring calcium and alk to what I want and start balancing the tank out.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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Trust me, I couldn't believe it either...... I'd never had a tank cycle that fast. I did the raw shrimp method, left it in for a few more days just to be sure, and saw nothing but nitrates rising.....
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It can happen. My 2nd tank cycled in 11 days because I used some rock and filter media from my reef. Congrats!! Time for PWC and fish!! Yay!!
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I knew the MB7 was good stuff from when i was vinegar dosing didnt think it would help cycle a tank that quick
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:58 PM   #7
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Ok so here are all my results.

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
PO4 .049ppm
NO3 2ppm
Magnesium 1200pm raising it to 1320ppm
Calcium 430
Alkalinity 8.5
Salinity 35ppt
PH 8.0
Temp 78
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That's the problem I have with bottled bacteria. Your nitrates are only 2 ppm AFTER a cycle. That shows you don't have much bacteria on your rocks.
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Did a huge water change last night NO3 was over 5ppm
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:43 AM   #10
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Ha! 5 ain't very high for a cycle either.
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